Please introduce yourself to readers:
My name is Shanail Monick, and I am the Founder / CEO of Fight4lupus. I founded Fight4lupus after being diagnosed with lupus in 2011. Fight4lupus organization matches living donors with survivors in need of organ transplants. I am a global motivational speaker and a Lupus activist. I hold many titles such as Co- Founder of the organization Girls United 4 Life, whose mission is to help mentor and coach young women. I have also been nominated and won many awards.
Happy Black Business Month! Please introduce yourself and business:
Hi, my name is Jenni Steele. I am a mother of 3 residing in London, England and the Founder & Managing Director Project YANA CIC. I am also a qualified Early Intervention and Prevention Youth Practitioner, Healthy Relationships Educator and National Ambassador for Domestic Violence, UK.
What do we do at Project YANA CIC? For the last four years and counting, Project Yana aims to work with high risk young people who have directly been affected by gang related violence, sexual grooming, criminal and sexual exploitation, domestic violence and abuse.
I am an experienced speaker and qualified youth practitioner working 121 with young people and with statutory agencies (and referral agency) to ascertain the long and short term impact of their traumatic experience, develop a care pathway, harness and empower young people to develop their key skills. The long term purpose of the program is to help young people to recognize and accept their self worth, build their confidence and recognize situations that pose risk and reduce the long term harm.
What makes you unique in your industry?
We offer a wrap around support service, not just 121, for our teen clients. The family will also be supported if needed and will be sign posted to other services if necessary including therapy. We create bespoke education programs based on the needs of the school, College and clients not just in the UK we are international.
During the lockdown period in England we created a podcast series to support, educate and offer solutions to families in the community. We support both girls and boys which is rare in this industry especially when it comes to domestic abuse.
Please share your top 3 most proud accomplishments to-date:
Any advice to other women in your industry?
I started out with a vision. After gaining the necessary qualifications, I emerged with a mission for change. I keep myself educated and updated in order to offer the best support that I can through all levels of my services. I never saw owning a business as a part of that vision. We all have to start somewhere if doors close, start to build the foundation you are going to need to be grounded. I remember applying for support roles in my industry before I got my qualifications.
Nobody would give me a chance at the time and the rejection was hard to deal with. Now those very companies are coming to my door for support services (I did that!) I could have given up. Build trusting with long standing business relationships partnership is key. Word of mouth goes a long way and quite often your name, business or services reaches spaces way before you do!
Obtain clinical supervision. I can’t say this enough if you are working to support people through trauma or life challenges don’t forget your support! Especially if you have continued to work like myself through pandemic/ lockdowns. Companies think about your staff’s health and well-being and make it part of the companies self care going forward it’s very important.
What is next for you in 2021 and how can readers connect with you:
As mentioned above during this year I became a patron of a school in Ghana. Alongside the support of a charity partnership we purchased curriculum books at the beginning of the year. In July, I visited the country and created the library. In January 2022, we will be launching an after school creative learning program for the children in Ghana, alongside the same charity Juvenis. There are exciting times ahead however education, empowerment and creatingsolutions are key to change.
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The Teen Inspiration Lounge Podcast. Available on Spotify and all leading podcast platforms.
written by Natalie Lee Martin
As a serial entrepreneur and mama of two amazing little beings, Shanell Lamere is empowering women and moms to live the life of their dreams. Shanell owns a commercial cleaning business, is an event videographer, and is the host of a dope podcast called “What She Grows Through!” Her podcast is dedicated to pour into and align with black women on a range of topics from sexuality to self-love. With a degree in both Psychology and Sociology, Shanell decided to leave her career as a family-based clinician for children with various mental health disabilities to start her own business. Today she focuses on building a community that empowers and inspires black women. Her podcast was created to not only use her voice and share her story but as a platform for many other women to share theirs as well.
As a child, Shanell recalls always dressing up and taking pictures. She remembers getting her first professional camera which drastically improved her natural abilities. After watching hours of makeup tutorials on YouTube, she knew her dream of videography was more than just a dream. So she began her own channel and quickly realized how much she enjoyed editing. In an effort to capture every moment of her journey as a new mom she began filming precious moments. “After a while, I realized I could have something here and began to take it seriously and of course a lot in between but now I’m here as a professional event videographer, capturing my clients' moments and turning them into forever films!” says Lamere.
Shanell currently has a new Club on Clubhouse for black women and/or anyone who loves black women looking for a space of empowerment and inspiration. She encourages others to push through that fear. “As long as you have a clear vision of where you want to be, you can and will accomplish all of your goals if you continue to show up.” The future is filled with endless possibilities and Shanelle looks forward to trademarking and expanding her videography business and podcast. You can follow her on IG and FB at What She Grows Through and Shanell Lamere Films as well as her page, Shanell Lamere.
written by Natalie Lee Martin
From the classroom to the boardroom, business credit guru, Josette Fleury is helping professional women get access to the funds they need to grow and scale their businesses. During the pandemic, Josette made a huge decision to make the leap from educator to entrepreneur birthing the “Securing My Gems” online academy for female entrepreneurs.
What inspired you to launch Bible University?
Our courses are Christian-based and available to anyone who meets our entrance requirements. I Founded Leaders Esteem Christian Bible University during the pandemic. Our courses require comprehensive study, self-discipline, and demonstration of comprehending the information. Our curriculum is used and accepted internationally. All academic degrees at LECU require mandatory coursework and must be earned.
Please introduce yourself?
My name is Jayana Wood. I am a 17-year old student and entrepreneur. The name of my business is Jay’s Henna Designs, a full-service henna body art business offering henna for individuals, parties, weddings and special events. I am currently entering my senior year in high school as a part of the STEM Program at Oxon Hill High School located in Maryland. I am a three-time best-selling author, I am bilingual -- I speak, read and write French, I am world traveller (I have traveled to 5 countries), and the proud big sister of two younger brothers, James and Jalen.
What makes you unique in your industry?
What makes me unique in my industry is that not only am I a self-taught, teenage henna artist, but I am one of few African American henna artists in the industry.
Please introduce yourself?
My name is Dr. Cheryl Wood. I equip women entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools to master their voice, maximize their impact, and monetize their story. I am an International Empowerment Speaker, 2x TEDx Speaker, 15x Best-Selling Author and Executive Speaker Development Coach. I have trained countless women entrepreneurs and leaders across the United States and abroad in South Africa, India, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Jamaica and The Bahamas.
I empower women to get out of their comfort zone, take calculated risks, pursue their big dreams, and become the best version of themselves. I have delivered keynote presentations for NASA, Verizon, Capital One, The United Nations, The FBI, United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Agriculture, National Association of Legal Professionals, Federally Employed Women, Blacks In Government and the Congressional Black Caucus, to name a few. I am committed to empowering women globally to make their unique fingerprint count and to create their legacy starting today!
Nicole Stephenson is the President and Principal Designer at His Promise Design Interiors LLC. She has taken her love of home design and renovation to create a design firm that helps clients turn their spaces into a complete reflection of who they are and one that tells their story. With skills gained from her time serving in the military, she puts integrity, service, and excellence at the forefront of every role, which includes being a wife, mom of 3, and entrepreneur.